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Strengthening Institutional Capacity

Acknowledging that the scope and long-term quality of cash transfer programming (CTP) will depend on its institutionalization among a range of engaged organisations, this component focuses on organisations and institutions as the target group and considers access to and use of the necessary tools, guidelines and processes for appropriate design and implementation of CTP. Integration of CTP within development institutions is a key step to systematically strengthen humanitarian assistance, as well as implementing organisations themselves.

To promote and support this institutionalization of CTP, CaLP will pilot and roll out a focused Strengthening Institutional Capacity programme. Specifically, the programme enables CaLP to:

  • Look beyond capacity of individuals within an institution, to the overall capacity of the institution
  • Promote holistic capacity – skills upgrade and systems/process/procedures improvements
  • Enhance responsiveness by strengthening organisational planning and preparation
  • Achieve capacity results at scale
  • Remove institutional barriers to cash at scale

Types of Institutions to be Targeted: 

  • International NGO/Donor Headquarter level
  • INGO regional level
  • NGO country level
  • Networks – consortia level
  • Grant providing agencies
  • State actor institutions at national and sub-national level

Organisational Capacity Assessment Tool

CaLP’s approach to institutional capacity building is built upon our Organisational Capacity Assessment Tool (OCAT). The OCAT comprises a user guide, tool worksheets for use in scoring and graphing results respectively, and a recommendations matrix. Assessment is done in six categories of organisational capacity, each with a series of criteria. Discussion and scoring on each of the criteria allows the organisation to determine gaps and make recommendations for building the required capacity. CaLP will guide the organisation through the assessment and articulating an Action Plan. Via the Action Plan, the Strengthening Institutional Capacity programme will follow a process designed to identify and address capacity limitations and to overcome barriers to CTP at an organisational level.

To access the OCAT section click here.

Implementation Process

CaLP may choose to group targeted institutions together for some aspects of the programme, as a means of encouraging shared learning and providing more cost-effective support. Though the OCAT will be carried out per individual organisation, some workshops, technical assistance and problem solving will be carried out by the wider group. It is anticipated that organisations will share some common challenges and therefore are able to work together to resolve constraints. It is also expected that organisations will have complementary strengths when it comes to institutionalising CTP, and therefore may exchange ideas related to tools, processes and systems.

The programme will commence with a 2-day workshop with 5-6 participants per participating organisation. This workshop will set the scene and run through to OCAT process, but will primarily focus on identifying the means by which different functions need to work together to effectively incorporate CTP into its programmes. This will be simulation-based and discussions will be used to draw out key learning.

Following the OCAT process and the prioritization workshop, a programme of support will draw from the modular framework to identify specific pathways and specialist modules to support learning gaps at the group and institution level. More importantly, however, may be the targeted technical assistance that will be provided, by CaLP directly or via experts identified by CaLP.

For more information, contact CaLP's Senior Institutional Capacity Building Officer, Charity Lukaya